Let me introduce you to the academic fields of archetypal cosmology and evolutionary astrology.
In my life long search for meaning and purpose, I have always been fascinated by what makes people “tick” and why we struggle to just get along with each other (especially when we are different and hold different world views). During my training to be an executive coach (back in 2001 – 2003), I discovered the scientifically validated assessments of Target Training International (TTI). I have used them for over fifteen years to help clients unlock their full potential and to build more cohesive teams within organizations.
I also took a deep dive into the study of spirituality and religion (Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in 2008) and another deep dive studying the transformative collaborative leadership (Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership from California Institute of Integral Studies).
Looking back, I can see that I was searching for connections to restore the power of ancient religions, myths, legends, archetypes, and the mystical realm.
Astrology, in its broadest sense, is the search for human meaning in the sky. It seeks to understand general and specific human behavior through the influence of planets and other celestial objects. Astrology is an ancient science. Markings on bones and walls of ancient prehistoric caves show that primitive humans noted the Moon’s cycles influence on their lives as early as 25,000 years ago. The gospel of Matthew includes the story of ancient astrologers (wise men from the east) who followed the stars to find Jesus born to fulfill an ancient prophecy about the birth of the Jewish Messiah.
Until the 18th century, astrology was considered a scholarly tradition, and originally included the study of astronomy. It was commonly accepted in political and cultural circles, and some of its concepts were used in other traditional studies, such as alchemy, meteorology, and medicine. Not until the eighteenth century did we see a fundamental break between science and religion, and that split included a break between astrology and astronomy.
Through the work of Carl Jung, and Henry Corbin, Edward Casey, and James Hillman archetypal psychology began to bridge the schism between “science” and mysticism incorporating the foundational archetypes of ancient astrology with depth psychology.
Today archetypal cosmology, archetypal psychology, and evolutionary astrology offer access to deeper meaning about the nature of life, as well as an expansive more participatory and spiritually informed vision of the cosmos.
In his profound book, Cosmos & Psyche, Richard Tarnas lays out the synchronicities or correlations between the movements of the outer planets and the archetypal patterns of human history. These new academic disciplines (archetypal cosmology, archetypal psychology, evolutionary astrology) contribute to the emergence of a new, genuinely integral cosmic worldview, one with the power to reunite the human and the cosmic, to restore the web of all life (all creation).
These disciplines inform my work with individuals, organizations, and cultural transformation. If you are interested, please contact me.